“We were heavily influenced by being at home”: everything you need to know from the latest Bottega Veneta fashion show

“We were heavily influenced by being at home”: everything you need to know from the latest Bottega Veneta fashion


Inspired by home life and its comforts, Daniel Lee’s new collection requires discovery through touch.

“For this collection, I wanted to find a format that, in this time period, was about the human – the domestic

even,” explains Bottega Veneta artistic director Daniel Lee via email. “At a time when we are deprived of the

intimacy of human contact with our friends and family, our response was to offer several very, very intimate

views of this collection.”

I close my laptop. In front of me, on the carpet of my living room, is a large box in which lies the story of

the Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2021 show, dubbed Salon 01 London, The Importance of Wearing Clothes (which

is also the title of an accompanying art book by German conceptual artist Rosemarie Trockel, but more on that

later). Unlike last season, when I attended the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 show in Milan in vintage blue Lido sandals

with a 9cm heel, today I’m bundled up in wool tights, booties, and a nice big turtleneck sweater.

Forgetting for a second that I might accidentally damage a piece of conceptual art, I took a pair of large kitchen

scissors and a deep breath, before sticking the tip of the blade in and sliding it along the box opening.

What’s in the Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2021 box?

Another box, but this time closed with Bottega Veneta’s iconic bright fern green tape. Inside is a zippered pouch

of the same green containing a collection of objects – three heavy books and a 12-inch vinyl – revealing the

secrets of Salon 01’s creation. While this collection is obviously not Daniel Lee’s first, it does mark the beginning

of a more intimate approach for the brand. Lying on the bag is a typed note, signed, “Love, Daniel.”


“I felt that fashion was becoming more and more dependent on digital presentations, which didn’t really resonate

with me or the brand,” the creative director says in his email. The first book, Book 01, reveals the sources

of inspiration for the collection, and is presented as an ode to his muses, including artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,

model Tina Chow, and musician PJ Harvey. https://zippyshare.com/rakebull88 Liz Johnson Arthur

Book 02 – titled The Importance of Wearing Clothes – was created by Rosemarie Trockel, best known for her knitted paintings

that challenge traditional notions of femininity. Her pages are a love letter to the creation and wearing of clothes.

For Bottega Veneta’s most invested fans, the book also gives a look at the pieces that were not selected for the final


“My first impression of Daniel Lee, but also the most recent one, was that of a gentle, almost silent presence, showing

extreme concentration on his work,” said the German artist. “He never spends his breath in superfluous chatter.” https://canvas.instructure.com/eportfolios/1093542/Home/New_Balance_446_SMWB_SMWT Rosemarie Trockel

During their exchange, Rosemarie Trockel received objects from Milan almost daily – material trials as well as finished

garments. “And in return, my photographic impressions and surreal juxtapositions (were) transmitted virtually to

Daniel and his team,” she adds. “With his handcrafted discipline, Daniel moves in a realm usually reserved for artists.”

Book 03 was photographed by Daniel Lee’s regular collaborator Tyrone Lebon. It captures the collection as seen by

a very select number of friends invited by the artistic director to the intimate fashion show in October. http://duddrummond.unblog.fr/2022/04/16/jordan-4-mars-blackmon-for-sale-nike-son-of-mars-for-sale/ The Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2021 show

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The secret fashion show

Kanye and North West, British rapper Skepta, choreographer Michael Clark, and playwright, composer, and actress

Sheila Atim were among the talent who attended the secret Salon 01 London show that Daniel Lee hosted at London’s

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, one of the most prestigious theaters in the world. The soundtrack – a spoken word performance

by British singer Neneh Cherry – can be heard on the vinyl, the last item provided in the bag. https://historyhub.history.gov/external-link.jspa?url=http://pandoracheapshop.com The guests of the Bottega Veneta spring-summer 2021 fashion show

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“Daniel wanted me to speak and not sing, to keep an intimate and close atmosphere, in response to this hectic year,”

explains Neneh Cherry. Supermodels Adwoa Aboah, Edie Campbell, and Barbara Valente, among others, paraded to the

rhythm of his words, on an empty stage, recalling the simplicity of early fashion shows and in keeping with the

house’s philosophy of “leaving no trace.” If you watch Daniel Lee and Tyrone Lebon’s film of the event on Bottega

Veneta’s digital networks, you’ll see that there was no ostentatious decor – just the models, a handful of friends

respecting safe distances, and sublime clothes. originalobsidians Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2021 Fashion Show

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Daniel Lee and his connection to dance

Among Daniel Lee’s early experiences in fashion were the dance costumes he made as a child in Bradford, northern

England. Later, as a student at Central Saint Martins, productions at Sadler’s Wells Theatre expanded his

creative vocabulary, from classical ballets to the raves that shaped Bottega Veneta’s modern aesthetic. https://chimecotton6.bravejournal.net/post/2022/05/28/New-Balance-920-Mixed-Medium-Pack-made-in-England The Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2021 show

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The pieces: inspired by life at home

“For this collection, we were heavily influenced by the notion of domesticity, the idea of comfort and craftsmanship,

and being at home,” writes Daniel Lee. The collection is extremely tactile, with the majority of fabrics and

finishes (bouclé, crochet, and knit) referencing the comforting materials of home furnishings and accessories.

Adwoa Aboah backstage at the Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2021 show

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Adwoa Aboah wears a knit dress in an acidic color, with a matching clutch bag and sandals, which play on the

nostalgia of homemade knits from the 60s. As always with Daniel Lee, we find the idiosyncratic and intuitive

use of colors: melting sherbet yellow, David Hockney-style pool blue, and blurry sunset pink. Between the corseted

jackets (see Jean Campbell’s look), the tailored skirts, and a sumptuous turquoise evening gown, we observe

a lot of handmade knits, which explains this meaningful artistic collaboration with Rosemarie Trockel.

Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2021 show

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“It’s really all about the idea of comfort, there’s a lot of soft and generous fabrics,” Daniel Lee explains

in his email. Backstage, models wore hotel robes and slippers revisited by the house and designed to match the

pink and green of the evening dresses.

Accessory fans will have already spotted the Puffy Dear – a fleece briefcase that straddles the line between

professional, cocktail, and casual – and the chunky wedge heels that ensured the collection’s uniformity. The

question now is: when can we wear them on the dance floor?

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